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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427797935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427797933
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Farber is the former Vice President and Official Mouthpiece of the Tom Peters Company and is currently President of Extreme Leadership, Inc., an organization devoted to changing the world through the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community. In this capacity, he has coached hundreds of clients at such companies as Sun Microsystems, Charles Schwab, Clorox, Intel, Kraft Foods, American Medical Association, Wells Fargo, and Disney. Steve lives in San Diego.

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This book will have a profound impact on your life when you read it.
Peggy McColl
D., author of Know Yourself, Stop Being the String Along, and If God Hears Me, I Want an Answer!
Barbara Rose
It makes so much sense and Farber's writing style makes it easy to digest.
Karen S. Sieczka

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red Tiger & Associates on April 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Steve Farber has done it again. The Radical Edge takes off where the Radical Leap left off and it does take off. Filled with practical and depthful advice, The Radical Edge is a promise fulfilled. Farber has a way of presenting powerful ideas in a simple and straight forward fashion that speaks directly to making positive business and life choices, and he does so with a level of humor that makes this book a great read. Not only is the parable that drives this book well-thought out, but Farber's execution is excellent. This book and the earlier one may be focused on the business audience, but they provide wonderful and insightful advice for anyone who believes that living a successful life has more to do with who we are and how well we relate to others rather than how much stuff we can accumulate. Farber has really nailed what it takes to live "the good life." Now all we have to do is amp it up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. Sieczka on April 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I won this book on a website called Inbubble wrap and had no real idea what to expect but I am always interested in improving my skills. I picked up the book on a Saturday morning and spent the whole day, on and off, reading. It makes so much sense and Farber's writing style makes it easy to digest.

The most important advice I got from the book is to love the people you serve. There is no higher calling, no matter how you accomplish this.

I am starting my own WUP and am re-reading the book. I highly recommend Radical Edge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Johnson on May 24, 2006
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You will have a spiritual experience reading Radical Edge, but not like what you might have experienced reading Purpose Driven Life or other "find yourself" books. Farber continues his personal journey where he left off in Radical Leap. His writing is honest, fun, and edgy. His first person account of his observations and feelings are a critical part of the human experience. The characters with whom he interacts are so real that I could see them and hear them. (Which of us hasn't had to deal with a difficult Cam Summerfield???) The best bet is to read both of Farber's books back-to-back, as Edge builds seamlessly on Leap. You will find yourself wrestling with who you are and who you want to become, but it will be a great journey to take, and Farber stays right there with you the entire time, with some great how-to's at the end of the book. It's the "WUP" upside the head that many professionals need today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2006
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Farber's style and the mix of characters were, for me, incongruent with the important message of the book. There is not doubt that Farber has some key points to make. His message is very important. However the book is fiction and the characters are a little too unreal. For some reason, the story just did not seem real. In my opinion, the lessons would have been better presented in a straightforward manner.

The best line in the book was, "If you live in this world without ever attempting to change it, you will have sold a ruby for the price of Spam."

While I did not like the style or the means of presenting the concepts or the ideas, I totally agree with his philosophy. We all need to do whatever we can to change the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timna Pilch on May 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Steve Farber is a genius! The virtuosity with which he tells his story is apparent from page 1 to the very end. His dialog is inspired and really defines the characters with a wealth of empathy and brilliant intimacy. Mr. Fraber has an approachable and unpretentious style that takes you by the hand and leads you through an exciting journey like a life long buddy. His intuition is amazing and his insight is spot on. I laughed, I cried and I loved. What a magnificent book. I'm ready to change the world thanks to The Radical Edge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William R. Robins II on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book really goes into a bigger picture than his first book, The Radical Leap. It displays him helping one individual person that definetly needed it and the challenges faced when trying to help someone. He also expresses some new ideas that really go hand in hand with business and the direction of this series. I give it a must read, only after the first book though. It was also a quick read but definitely one I will read again.

Big Will.
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Below are key excerpts from the book that I found particularly insightful:

1- "If you assume that you can learn from anyone—if you assume that you must learn from everyone—then everyone becomes a great teacher for you. Even if someone's a slime-sucking scumbag of a leech they qualify for greatness if you can learn something from them."

2- "Scan—just like you were a computer scanner. Your scanner just copies; it doesn't comment, it doesn't offer an opinion, it doesn't tell you you're stupid for time on that photo of the girl you met while v all were dancin' on the bar at Jimmy Love's. Just scan your environment and record what you see. Scan the bestseller lists and notice what people are reading; scan the magazine racks and pick up publications that don't interest you—like, I dunno, The Tattoo Review or Graffiti Today, scan the weekly TV-show rankings; scan the headlines of the daily paper in 20 different cities; scan the room that you're sitting in; scan the crowd as you're toolin' down the street during your lunch break. Then, every so often, write down what you're seeing in your WUP. Write down your observations of subcultures that are entirely alien to you and trends in the tastes of the popular culture. Capture little idea-snapshots of natural, political, and social phenomena. Scan, scan, scan. Look at everything going on around you and write your observations in the pad...After collecting your observations for a while you stop, read it over, and give it some reflection. What are the implications of this? What can I earn from that? Why are so many people doing X, and what might that mean for all of us?...Talk About it...With everyone...Or everyone that matters, anyway. Talk about your observations and ideas with your team, for example.
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STEVE FARBER, the president of Extreme Leadership, is a leadership consultant and speaker, and the author of the national bestseller The Radical Leap, The Radical Edge, and Greater Than Yourself. He lives in San Diego, California.